Originally Posted by dbphd
I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish or whether you need the AV8805. A new Oppo 205 will process Tidal and may be sufficient to serve as a processor and disc player that connects directly to a pair of used JC 1s. I use three JC 1s I bought used for LRC. In a stereo setup I used an A 21 to drive LS50s. I replaced the A 21 with an Ayre VX-5 Twenty because of a height limitation in a new rack, but I liked the simplicity of a rack stacked with DirecTV, Oppo, and A 21, and the sound was excellent.
My goal is to “reasonably” optimize the sound quality on the Kef R1s in what is likely to remain a 2 channel system but may become 3 channel as I add a Kef Reference center speaker.
Interesting conversation with a Kef rep who used to rep B&W and has lots experience with Rotel. Keep the Rotel RAP-1580, add the RB1890 power amp, change the HDMI from running through the RAP1580 and run them through the OPPO205 instead, then use interconnects from OPPO TO RAP. I’m likely to stay 2-channel for a year or so and will keep an eye towards adding a Kef Reference center channel but no forecast to add rear speakers for years (will run cables the next time we remodel the house, flooring, etc. but not looking forward to that major remodel project). Other considerations were
1. Sell RAP, buy a demo Norma EVA 140 at 50% off (boutique Italian amp for $5k and competes well with amps $20k and better. No power amp needed.) a Kef Authorized dealer on Long Island considers them the best amps he’s ever heard powering the Kef R1s.
2. Sell RAP, buy a Parasound Pre & Pro amps, run all hdmi through Sony OLED TV. Lots of Control4 reprogramming and replace all my short Audioquest Coffee HDMI cables (too shot and not in-wall capable)
Just venting / thinking out loud, as the options are near unlimited and trying to minimize spending mistakes and maximize the sound quality of these amazing Kef Reference 1s